Cahide Akkuzu, MCC, ORSC
Founder of Context Professionals
Master Certified Coach, Team Coach, Leadership Development Consultant, Deep Democracy Instructor
‘I fully believe in the capacity and resourcefulness of people. I am passionate about supporting people to reach their goals through breaking past their own limits’
I grew up in Germany and returned to İstanbul to study at Bosphorous University leaving all my family back. My family always adviced two things: ‘Study to become a respected person!’ and ‘Work hard and survive!’. Looking back at my life now, I see that these advices have been an important guide to me.
As advised, I studied, and actually I am still continuously studying, learning and discovering. I have an ever lasting passion for learning, the more I learn the more I discover. I love sharing what I learn. My passion is to support people that are on their own learning and development journey. I love to be productive, to create new things, to have a positive impact on other peoples lives, and to make the world a better place to live.
Also as adviced, I worked very hard, all my life! I advanced in my career rather quickly, got exhausted, questioned my life, and took a decision for a new path. Here I am today through my passion for learning and working hard. I feel happy and fulfilled, I love my work, I love what I am doing. I am inspired by people that I meet, people that I learn from, colleagues that I work with and people & organizations that I serve. Each project, each assignment, each development program and each coaching client is an exciting new journey for me. I passionately continue to work hard!
I am an executive coach and a consultant for leadership and organizational development with total 25 years professional experience in various sales, marketing, strategy and senior executive management roles. In 2014 I founded Context Professionals Corporate Coaching & Consulting with the passion to support leaders and organizations to achieve extraordinary business results. I provide this support through designing and delivering leadership and organizational development programs, through team coaching, through executive coaching, through executive mentoring and through leadership consultancy. I am a certified Zenger Folkman Consultant and facilitate the Zenger Folkman Extraordinary Leadership Program. I am a certified Deep Democracy İnstructor, I am training leaders on how to become more inclusive and effective using practical tools for understanding group dynamics, collaborative decision making and conflict resolution. I am also faculty at the Gestalt Center for Coaching and also faculty in Dost Can Deniz ‘Mastering Executive Coaching Program’. Also, as a member of the coaching team of the San Francisco based company BetterUp, I coach C-level professionals from all around the world.
I graduated from Boğaziçi University, my professional career started in 1989 at Bilkom/Apple Computer, I was General Manager of Xerox Turkey and spent also 2 years in London managing marketing operations for Xerox MEA&India&Russia regions. At mobile operator Avea I managed sales to corporate and public customers, I was General Manager of Turkey’s leading systems integration company Datateknik. At Yıldız Holding I was General Manager for Corporate Strategy, in this role I was responsible to develop strategic plans for the businesses like Chocolate, Beverages, Godiva, and Ülker International.
Towards my aim to support organizations I went through an intense self-development growth path while at the same time serving my clients to break past their own limits. I am an accredited Master Certified Coach (MCC) of the International Coach Federation and I have 4500+ hours of coaching experience. I am a Mastery graduate of the Gestalt Coaching Program, I also completed various other coaching programs towards coaching organizations, relationships, groups and executives. Besides the formal coaching training I have attended various workshops and trainings in Spain, Italy, South Africa, Greece and Turkey.
I design and deliver leadership and organizational development programs, and deliver coaching services in Turkish, English and German.
My Professional Business Experience
- Context Professionals – Corporate Coaching & Consulting – Owner – since May 2014
- Umur Printing – General Manager – from 2012 to 2014
- Yıldız Holding – General Manager for Corporate Strategy – from 2011 to 2012
- Yıldız Holding – Datateknik General Manager – from 2008 to 2010
- Avea – Corporate Sales Director – from 2004-2008
- Xerox MEIRA Region – various executive sales & marketing positions including General Manager for Turkey – from 1995 to 2004
- Bilkom/Apple Computer –various positions incl. Sales Manager – from 1989 to 1995
My Education, Training Courses & Certificates
- ACTP Training Program – Gestalt Center for Coaching
- Path of Mastery Training Program – Gestalt Center for Coaching
- Group Coaching Training Program – Gestalt Center for Coaching
- CTI Co-Active Leadership Program – CRR Global (10 month program in Spain)
- Organization Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) Fundamentals, Intelligence, Geography, Path & Integration Training Series –CRR Global
- Advanced Transactional Analysis Training – Advanced Transactional Analysis Professional Award (TAPDA) awarded by the International Center for Developmental Transactional Analysis
- Zenger Folkman Certification – The Extraordinary Leadership Program Facilitation Training
- Deep Democracy ‘The Lewis Method’ – facilitative method for transformation and change (Level1-2-3-4)
- Deep Democracy – CoResolve Leadership Training – Instructor Accreditation Program
- Immunity to Change ‘The Change Course’ by Minds at Work (Robert Kegan & Lisa Lahey)
- Conscious Business Coaching Training Program – Fred Kofman
- Leadership Development Program – INSEAD
- Awareness IQ for Presence – Dorothy Siminovitch PhD MCC
- Coaching with Creative Expressive Arts Techniques–Increa&Inspiro
- Coaching The Organization & The Leader–Marefidelis/Dost Can Deniz MCC
- Coming Back to Center Workshop South Africa – Boondocks
- Coming Back to Center Workshop Tuscany – Montebelli
- The Breakthrough Thinking Workshop – JAL Consulting Athens
- Attended various training programs for leadership & professional development during her tenure at Bilkom/Apple Computer, Xerox, Avea and Yıldız Holding
- Boğaziçi University – Faculty of Education/TESL
My Areas of Expertise in Coaching
My Expertise in Coaching, Leadership & Organizational Development Topics
Organizational Alignment and Engagement
Building Shared Commitment
International Coach Federation Global
International Coach Federation Turkey Chapter
European Mentoring and Couching Council (EMCC Turkey)
IWD – Independent Woman Directors
TurkishWIN – Turkish Woman International Network
Yenibirlider – Association for Development of Young Professional Talent
BÜMED – Bosphorous University Graduates Association